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Climate-Smart Agriculture

The Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research AgMission initiative is launching a funding opportunity for action research to accelerate the adoption of Climate-Smart Agriculture and improve climate resiliency of farms and food value chains in North America, Europe, South Africa and Australia. 

Molecular Foundations for Biotechnology Partnerships to transform Emerging Industries—RNA Tools/Biotechnology

The National Science Foundation’s Molecular Foundations for Biotechnology Partnerships to transform Emerging Industries—RNA Tools/Biotechnology seeks to catalyze synergies among researchers in the biological, chemical, computational, mathematical, and physical sciences to pursue creative technological approaches that address questions about RNA function in complex biological systems and to harness RNA research to advance biotechnology. 

K-State events and announcements

Demonstrate Broader Impacts at the Girls Researching Our World Saturday Workshop on March 4

K-State faculty, staff and students are invited to design and facilitate a hands-on science, technology, engineering, and/or math activity for middle school students at the Girls Researching Our World, or GROW, workshop on Saturday, March 4 on the K-State campus in Manhattan.

Office staff can be reached by email at kawse@k-state.edu, by phone at 785-532-6088 or at 215 Fairchild Hall to answer any questions.

External events and announcements

The National Medal of Science: Call for nominations

The honorary awards portal is open from February 6 to May 26, 2023.

Established in 1959 by the U.S. Congress, the National Medal of Science is the highest recognition the nation can bestow on scientists and engineers. The presidential award is given to individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or social and behavioral sciences, in service to the Nation. These broad areas include such disciplines as astronomy, chemistry, computer and information science and engineering, geoscience, materials research, and research on STEM education.

A committee of distinguished scientists and engineers is appointed by the president of the United States to evaluate the nominees for the award. Medals are presented to recipients by the president during an awards ceremony at the White House.

Since its establishment, the National Medal of Science has been awarded to 506 distinguished scientists and engineers whose careers span decades of research and development. View the National Medal of Science recipients from 1962 to the present.

BioKansas Early Career Webinar Series

Build your professional knowledge and advance your skills with the BioKansas spring webinar series. This series contains lessons essential to your success.

Understanding Career Paths Within the Biosciences - February 14

Join this session to: learn about the 8 broad science career pathways, familiarize yourself with specific job titles and relevant skills, and discover career opportunities.

Building Professional Skills for Diverse Career Paths - March 14

Join this session to familiarize yourself with data on the value of professional skills for bioscience careers and career satisfaction; discuss ways to strengthen professional skills; and learn strategies to demonstrate professional skills in resumes, cover letters, and interviews.

Writing an Effective Resume - April 11

Join this session to: understand the key differences between a resume and Curriculum vitae, learn how to structure a resume, receive tips on formatting, explore ways to effectively highlight your experiences, and discover how to tailor a resume for each role.

These courses are appropriate for early career scientists from undergraduate through postdoctoral level.

Students and postdocs from BioKansas member institutions are invited to attend the series for FREE on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact BioKansas for a discount code.

Frontiers Mock Study Session

Letters of Intent due Feb. 27

Application submissions due March 24

Receive expert feedback on your R or K-series NIH proposal to refine your final submission.

Please submit an online Letter of Intent by February 27. The letter of intent requires a draft “specific aims” page and a list of three suggested reviewers from Frontiers partner institutions who have appropriate expertise; additional reviewers from external institutions may also be included.  


Eligible researchers will be asked to submit the narrative components of their grant application by the deadline in March. Visit the Frontiers Mock Study Section page for a detailed list of requirements and key dates. 

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2024-25 Competition Opening Soon

Applications due September 15, 2023

Curious where your Fulbright journey could take you?

Join a webinar to learn more!

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program's 2024-25 competition will open soon,featuring over 400 awards offered in more than 135 countries. Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards allow academics, professionals and artists who are U.S. citizens to teach, research, and carry out professional projects abroad.

The first webinars of the year will share details about the U.S. Scholar Program, awards and the application process. Register to join us and learn more:

February 15: The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program: Opportunities for 2024-25

February 22: East Asia and the Pacific

March 1: South and Central Asia

March 8: Europe and Eurasia

March 16: Western Hemisphere

March 22: Sub Saharan Africa

March 30: Middle East and North Africa

Visit the webinar schedule for details about events throughout the competition, featuring specific countries, regions and disciplines.

NIFA Listening Session

11-1 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 14

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will hold a listening session about a funding opportunity in integrated poultry research and Extension, the Laying Hen and Turkey Research Program.

The Laying Hen and Turkey Research Program is a competitive grant program designed to improve the efficiency and sustainability of laying hen and turkey production through integrated, collaborative research and technology transfer. Emphasis may be placed on laying hen and turkey disease prevention, antimicrobial resistance, nutrition, gut health, and alternative housing systems under extreme seasonal weather conditions. 

Prospective grantees who are interested in this new grant program are encouraged to attend the listening session so that NIFA program staff can receive your input in preparation for release of the Request for Applications. Each participant may speak for up to 3 minutes. Please register in advance to attend this virtual listening session. Learn more and register online

NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences

1–2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 13

The Division of Mathematical Sciences, or DMS, is hosting virtual office hours to share information about NSF’s current operations and provide guidance to the mathematical sciences community. All members of the mathematics research community interested in the work of DMS are welcome to attend.

Events are planned at monthly intervals and the topics vary for each event. The event will be in the form of a webinar, starting with a brief presentation of a few selected topics of current interest, followed by questions. DMS program directors will be available to answer questions from the community. 

Register to attend.

NSF Future Manufacturing Webinar

Noon-1 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 10

NSF will host a webinar to introduce and answer questions related to the 2023 Future Manufacturing program solicitation.

Program directors will discuss the research thrusts, types of proposals, proposal requirements and evaluation criteria specific to this solicitation. 

Register to attend.

Office of Science and Technology Policy Internships

The Office of Science and Technology Policy, or OSTP, works to maximize the benefits of science and technology to advance health, prosperity, security, environmental quality, and justice for all Americans.


OSTP is composed of a Director’s Office and six core policy teamsClimate and EnvironmentEnergyHealth and Life SciencesNational SecurityScience and Society, and the U.S. Chief Technology Officer.


OSTP advises the President jointly with the Office of Management and Budget on Federal research development in budgets, works closely with the National Security Council on the American Pandemic Preparedness Plan, and leads the White House Cancer Moonshot.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen. 
  • Must be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Males must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate college, community college, or university.
  • Must obtain a favorable security determination and pass a pre-employment drug test.


Key Dates for Upcoming Sessions

OA offers three internship programs each year: Fall, Spring, and Summer. 


  1. Program Start Date: Monday, June 5, 2023
  2. Program End Date: Friday, August 11, 2023
  3. Application Open Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2023
  4. Application Close Date:  Friday, February, 10, at 10:59 p.m.

Webinar on a New Funding Opportunity for RNA Tools/Biotechnology

2-3 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

Join the Divisions of Chemistry Molecular and Cellular Biosciences at the National Science Foundation for a joint CHE and MCB virtual office hours.

Please register here.

NSF GRANTED Office Hours

2-3 p.m.

Wednesdays, Feb. 15 – April 26

Heard about the new Growing Access for Nationally Transformative Equity and Diversity, or GRANTED, and you want to learn more? Thinking about applying to our most recent Dear Colleague Letter? Then NSF invites you to GRANTED office hours, held every Wednesday from 2-3 p.m. to meet with the GRANTED team of Program Directors.

  • All meetings during office hours are 1-on-1. Guests are seen in the order they join. You may have to wait if others join before you.
  • If you need captions or other accommodations, please contact Dina Stroud in advance.

Learn more.

NSF Growing Research Access for Nationally Transformative Equity and Diversity Webinar

1 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2023

NSF is excited to announce the Growing Research Access for Nationally Transformative Equity and Diversity, or GRANTED, initiative, a wholly unique new funding opportunity for NSF. GRANTED activities and support will focus on building capacity within the Nation’s research enterprise* and reducing barriers to research competitiveness. The first funding opportunity is now available via Dear Colleague Letter NSF 23-037 and NSF will host a second GRANTED Webinar.

Register to attend.

2023 Agricultural Outlook Forum

February 23-24

Arlington, Virginia

USDA’s 99th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, will be held in person at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott on February 23-24, 2023, and all sessions will be livestreamed on a virtual platform.

More than 30 sessions and 100 agriculture leaders and subject matter experts will discuss key issues impacting the sector including:

  • USDA’s initial forecast for the agricultural economy, commodity markets, and trade in 2023 and the U.S. farm income situation.
  • Climate smart agriculture.
  • Supply chain challenges and solutions.
  • Factors impacting U.S. trade update & the global marketplace.
  • Food prices outlook.

Learn more and register to attend.

NSF Innovation Corps Teams Q&A Webinar


March 2

Please join this I-Corps Teams webinar to ask an I-Corps program director questions and hear updates about the I-Corps program, curriculum, and important dates.

Register for the I-Corps Teams webinar on Zoom.

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High-performance visible-light lasers that fit on a fingertip

Researchers at Columbia University and other institutions, including the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility, have created visible lasers of very pure colors from near-ultraviolet to near-infrared that fit on a fingertip. The colors of the lasers can be precisely tuned and extremely fast — up to 267 petahertz per second, critical for applications such as quantum optics. The team is the first to demonstrate chip-scale narrow-linewidth and tunable lasers for colors of light below red — green, cyan, blue and violet. NSF

What ChatGPT and generative AI mean for science

In December, computational biologists Casey Greene and Milton Pividori embarked on an unusual experiment: they asked an assistant who was not a scientist to help them improve three of their research papers. Their assiduous aide suggested revisions to sections of documents in seconds; each manuscript took about five minutes to review. In one biology manuscript, their helper even spotted a mistake in a reference to an equation. The trial didn’t always run smoothly, but the final manuscripts were easier to read — and the fees were modest, at less than US$0.50 per document. Nature

NSF signs U.S.-India implementation arrangement to streamline the process of funding projects between the two nations

The U.S. National Science Foundation and India signed an implementation arrangement that streamlines the selection and funding process of research projects from scientists and engineers from the United States and India. India's Ambassador to the U.S., Taranjit Singh Sandhu, joined NSF officials in the signing ceremony held yesterday at the White House as part of the U.S.-India Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies dialogue. NSF

New theory on timing for human settlement of some parts of tropical Pacific

a new finding by Tufts University sea-level researcher Andrew Kemp and colleagues suggests that the islands in Micronesia were possibly settled much earlier than supposed and that voyagers on the two routes may have interacted with one another. NSF

Breathless oceans

Climate change is leaching oxygen from the ocean by warming surface waters. Two other climate-related threats to the seas—ocean acidification and marine heat waves—get more attention from scientists and the public. But some researchers believe deoxygenation could ultimately pose a more significant threat, making vast swaths of ocean less hospitable to sea life, altering ecosystems, and pushing valuable fisheries into unfamiliar waters. Science

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